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My Pregnancy Must-Have

Sorry I've been away for so long.
I've been busy. 
Busy with my trips. Trips to the toilet.
Busy planning. Planning to have an early night, every night.
Yet things always happen to alter that very carefully laid out plan.
Things like heartburn. Leg cramps. A blocked nose.

My only comfort at night is my trusted friend, Vicks VapoRub. I would smear it all over my nose and parafiltrum (the skin between the nose and upper lip. New word...yay!). I would even slather in on my neck. Poor David. Gone are the nights when I used to go to bed smelling of some sort of flower or fruit. He now has a very big girl climbing into bed reeking of mentholatum fumes.

Vicks Vaporub has always comforted me. It transports me back to my childhood. The smell reminds me of those sleepless nights brought on by a stuffy nose. I would tiptoe into my parents' room . Mama, sensing her troubled child was standing next to her would always take me back to my bedroom. And there began the ritual of slathering Vicks VapoRub to soothe me back to sleep.

Pregnancy has made my skin extra dry. Naturally, my dependency on lip balms has increased. And because my sense of smell is extra "special" now, I find that I can only use selected lip balms which do not have an overpowering fragrance. I tried the fragrance-free ones, oooh but they were "too" fragrance-free that they just smelled like wax or a box of crayon. So this is where the Banana Boat lip balm comes in handy.

Smelling like bubble gum, they received the thumbs-up from Mr. Schnoz. I now keep a stick on my bedside table, in the bathroom, in the living room, in my handbag and at work. I would have one in the car too but from experience, you will only be left with nothing but a melted waxy mess in your glove compartment if you park outdoors under the afternoon sun.

Of course pregnancy would not be complete without a dry itchy belly. I was lucky that I stumbled upon Bella B's Tummy Honey Butter. I started using this in the early stage of my pregnancy and found that it has done wonders for me. It smells simply exotic to me, like mango and tea leaves in a tub. Funnily, I don't smell a hint of honey at all.

After every shower, I would rub this butter liberally all over my belly. It starts off a little greasy but as you massage it into your skin, you will find that it is easily absorbed and does not leave a greasy residue on your clothes. Your skin remains well hydrated throughout the day and you can actually still get a whiff of mango on your skin. Yummy!
I have not suffered from an itchy belly and so far, am not seeing any stretch marks yet. However, I am aware that I am only into my 30th week and that the marks may only plague you in the last month of pregnancy. Either way, I am prepared for them. If i don't get any, I'll count myself lucky. If I do, oh well..I'll just think of them as badges of honour I have received for carrying my little girl in my belly for nine months :)

Then and Now ~ Third Trimester

This was me.




I was free to eat whatever I wanted, free to do whatever I pleased.
Free...but not content. Free...but not quite whole.

This is me.




I am a belly-full of joy.

I feel you kick and roll.
I close my eyes.
I smile.

We are one.


Baby Bump

I realize that I have not been taking that many photographs of my baby bump. I only have two, to be precise. Two pictures of my bump.


This was taken in June, I think. I was around 12 weeks then. Notice how I had arched my back, trying so hard to exaggerate the belly! I had not undergone the surgery to remove the ovarian cysts yet then so the round belly was also due to the growing cysts.


Now the picture on the right was taken in late July, perhaps around week 20. I am now at week 27 and have another week before I will be officially in my third trimester. I was a little irked last week by a nurse that was guessing my pregnancy stage. She looked at my belly and said "You must be 13?". As my eyes grew wider and my brows started to furrow she went on.. "14?" bigger eyes, deeper furrow... "15?" ...blood shot dagger look with killer frown..."16?"
"I am 26 weeks", I snapped back to which she shrugged her shoulders and to my chargrin retorted, "Oh...small baby". Not happy!

I believe my belly size is adequate for my body frame and size. It doesn't matter what others think. I do not have the urge to eat for 2 and have no uncontrollable cravings for pastries or other fattening unhealthy food . I have not altered my diet at all and am pretty pleased with that. I have however not been keeping up religiously with my exercise routine set by my trainer and will make an attempt to improve.

Third Trimester snaphot will be posted soon with more updates :) Watch this space!


Baby Gifts

Over the past few months my sisters have been going crazy with their shopping for all kinds of baby paraphernalia. My sister Veronica (affectionately known as Imm), who lives in Singapore had started her online shopping for baby items as early as May. She now has a gunny sack full of baby treasures and has the postman's number on her speed dial. Before we knew our baby's gender, she had to buy gender-neutral coloured clothes but that didn't stop her from buying the most beautifully and creatively packaged gift sets. You won't believe that these cute little cupcakes are baby onesies, towels and blankets!

This was her first purchase. A white onesie with Darcy's proposal (Pride and Prejudice). She loved it so much that she bought a matching mini T for herself!

And of course, she could not resist buying these cute baby booties even before we knew the gender of our baby.

Booties so aptly named "rose garden"

My youngest sister Ginny (who lives in Abu Dhabi with her husband Vincent) recently returned to KL bearing gifts of the cutest size. Little dresses with matching cardigans. Aww.....

Ginny and Vincent even bought  baby onesies with every day of the week printed on them in the teeniest size. Adorable!

While accompanying me on my stroller/car seat research at Bebehaus, they even managed to sneakily buy me the Summer Heart-to-Heart Prenatal Listening System.
The Summer Prenatal listening system will let you bond with your baby before they are even born
You can share those precious moments of your baby with your loved ones by being able to listen to baby whilst still in the womb. The listening system allows you to do the following:-
  • Hear baby's heartbeat, hiccups and kicks
  • Record and email those sweet sounds
  • Bond with your baby
 I tried it the next day and heard my baby's heartbeat and all her kicks and bumps! Simply delightful!

The next day they went out shopping and came home with the Tommee Tippee - Closer To Nature Electronic Steam Steriliser Kit. This is exactly what I had decided to get as the Tommee Tippee teats are...
Tommee Tippee - Closer To Nature Electronic Steam Steriliser wit - Click Image to CloseDesigned in conjunction with breastfeeding experts, our range of closer to nature baby feeding products use a unique teat that mimics the natural flex, feel and movement and softness of the breast helping the switch between breastfeeding and baby bottle feeding.
Of course I was planning on just getting the bottles and had not even thought of the sterilizer. Trust my sis and bro-in-law to think ahead for me!

A big Thank You to my lovely sisters and brother-in-law for all the beautiful and thoughtful gifts!

Shopping for Baby

Some mothers go on a baby clothing shopping spree buying all sorts of cute baby onesies, vests, name it! I on the other hand have been very restrained with my purchases. I've been advised to wait till after 6 month before making any extravagant purchase. So I've been buying some odd bits here and there.

My first ever purchase is this cute little zebra I've name Zumba. Found him at Mothercare.

I then went on a mad hunt for JellyCat plush toys. I went to every toy shop in Bangsar but to no avail. Finally, by mere happenstance, I stumbled upon a tiny shop tucked in a corner at Plaza Mont Kiara. There in the window, sat the Bashful Bunny I had been looking for! Not only that, I found a friend for her too :) 
Bashful Bunny
Fuddles Lamb


 Soft toy obsession over, I wandered aimlessly around baby stores without buying anything for weeks. One day out of desperation to buy something, I decided to buy a Tommy Tippee soother. Now that pacified my buying need for weeks. It said on the packaging "Our unique patented range of soothers was created with dental experts. The soother teat is specially designed to gently expand across the roof of the mouth to support the natural shape of the palate and promote safe and healthy oral development". Okay, that'll do. I was sold.

 Last month during the Hari Raya & Merdeka Holidays, we decided to check out stroller and car seat options. We had earlier on decided not to get the "travel system" which is a baby carrier, car seat and pushchair system in one. The carrier (which doubles as a carseat) will only last till the baby is 9 months old, afterwhich you would need to buy another carseat (which will set you back by at least another RM1500- RM2000). We thought it would be more practical to get a car seat (which will take up it's permanent residence in the backseat of our car for 5 years) and a cool man-friendly stroller (David was not going to be caught dead pushing anything pink or frilly).

So off we went to Bebehaus in Bangsar Village. I had actually already checked out the store with my sister Ginny and brother-in-law Vincent a few days prior to dragging David there with me. I figured that Ginny and Vincent would have more patience dealing with my research. In fact, they were very helpful in listing down names, models and pricing as well as snapping pictures of the items I was interested in. The staff members at Bebehaus were also very impressive. They were helpful and knowledgeable with the brands and models that they carried and promised after sales service which I feel, no other store could live up to.

So as I towed David into the store, I pretty much had an idea of what I wanted to purchase. We left Bebehaus happy owners of the...

Concord Ultimax Carseat

Maclaren Techno xt

    and the....

Stroller and carseat done, I had one more thing on my list. Baby bath set. I found out that Mothercare KLCC was the biggest outlet in Malaysia so that was where we went the next day. After perusing the Mothercare catalogue which Ginny had purchased for me, I had my eyes on one particular bath range. The "Humphrey's Corner" range. It looks something like this....

....but they didn't have that range there...infact, none of the Mothercare outlets in Malaysia sell that particular range (I made them check all other outlets like a deranged woman). In the end, I settled for the " Precious Bear' bath set which was quite sweet. Even David had to agree :)
The set comes complete with a "flexi" bath tub (prevents spillage when carried), top and tail bowl, bath thermometer, hooded towel and sponge. Happy Mummy now :)
Bath set struck off the checklist, I was left with nothing on my immediate list of things to purchase. A week later while scouring yet another baby & mummy shop, I found a rather fashionable teether. It's called "Teething Bling" and comes in all shades of colours.
Teething Bling® is the original teething jewelry. Made from the same FDA-approved material as most teething toys, our pendants and bangles look great on the adult wearer but are safe for curious babies to handle and chew.
The one I selected is the Peridot Donut Shaped Pendant held by a piece of black string. A rather Boho-chic look, I thought. I know...I know..our baby won't need a teether that soon, but I couldn't resist. And since I had bought a teether, why not buy another?  Let's hunt for more teethers, I said to myself. And another teether I did find in the shape of a giraffe so sweetly named Sophie.

Sophie the Giraffe is probably the worlds most famous baby teether. Although more famous in France since 1961, Sophie the Giraffe has now become one of the must have teethers amongst mothers all over the world. Celebrities are constantly having their little ones photographed chewing away on Sophie and with its soft natural rubber you can see why.The Sophie Giraffe shape is perfect for those little hands and is soothing on the gums. Babies cannot get enough of this little animal, its totally irresistible as it laughs when the 17cm body is squeezed. It will make a long term friend for your baby way past the teething stage and be warned don't leave home without it

I have a new obsession now; diaper bags. Alas the range in Malaysia is limited so I think I have to resort to online shopping for this particular bag by Oi Oi which I have my heart set on. This model will only be launched in October so till shopping ends here...for now...maybe...I think...


Baby's Scan Video

Our baby's scan recorded by my brother-in-law Vincent. My youngest sister, Ginny and her husband, Vincent were lucky enough to be in KL during our baby's detailed scan in July 2011.

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